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Kathleen Giles with her painting “Vanity” at the NWS International Open Exhibition

The National Watercolor Society (NWS) is holding its 99th annual International Open Exhibition now through November 17, 2019. The globally recognized art event features nearly 100 unique watermedia paintings from around the world.

Juror of awards Brian Rutenberg and NWS president Robbie Laird greet guests at the opening of the International Exhibition.

More from the organizers:

“The exceptional quality of the 2019 International Open Exhibition must first be attributed to the artists’ dedication to their creative expression, and to the expertise and considerate decision making by the three internationally acclaimed artist jurors, Jean Grastorf, Elaine Daily-Birnbaum, and Frank Eber,” said judge of awards, New York–based artist Brian Rutenberg. “We are delighted to celebrate this amazing group of artists and their paintings.”

Caption: Xi Guo, “Tangled No. 13,” watercolor on paper, 20 x 30 in.

The jurors selected only about 12 percent of the exceptional paintings entered for the exhibition. They also reviewed three additional paintings submitted by the artists who, after receiving notice of their painting being selected, were invited to apply for Signature Membership. New Signature Memberships were awarded to 14 artists. The juried show includes both cash and merchandise awards with a value of more than $40,000.

William Hook, “Demolition 1,” watercolor on paper, 20 x 14 in.

The NWS 99th International Open Exhibition strives to show the best in all new watermedia painting. The exhibit takes place at the NWS Gallery, 915 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, CA, during regular gallery hours or by appointment. All work is for sale. For gallery hours, visit the website or call 310-831-1099.

Additional works:

Nicolas Lopez, “Illuminating Your Shadows Through the Window of Light,” watercolor on paper, 20 x 20 in.
Dean Mitchell, “Shanghai Alley,” watercolor on paper, 15 x 10 in.

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